For any incidents inside the stadium, fans should report it immediately to the nearest steward. Meanwhile the club’s reporting tool, manutd.com/seered, can be used to report any instances of discrimination online.
As well as this, out in the community, a series of anti-racism workshops and training sessions have also been delivered at Foundation partner schools and for club and Foundation staff members. Most recently, a referee workshop was delivered by Manchester FA at Levenshulme High School for Girls.
Funding for the courses was raised by Manchester United fans, through sales of Black Lives Matter-branded home shirts last season. An incredible £14,277 was raised, which was donated to Kick It Out before being allocated back to the Foundation’s inclusion programmes.
Well played on the comeback in the week, how’s your team and squad looking injury-wise since then?
“It was a great effort and atmosphere towards the end, of course, one of the the great Champions League nights at Old Trafford. Great comeback, which will bring some knocks and bruises which you normally would expect. It’s still just Friday, game’s on Sunday. We will give everyone time. We might have the whole squad back fit and we may be two or three players down. Today, we weren’t everyone [in training]. Let’s see Sunday.”
Liverpool are in tremendous form at the moment. Comparing to the second half in the week, how many levels do you need to go up defensively to match Liverpool, and offensively, will that be enough?
“You know, a performance needs to consist of 90 plus minutes of attacking and defending. When you play against a team at the level of Liverpool. At the moment, they’re in a great run of form and there’s some individual skill you can almost not defend against. As a team, we have to be compact, aggressive, go out there and get every single dropped ball. Nose, knowledge, strong mindset, physical energy… It’s going to take everything to beat the best teams in Europe and the world and Liverpool are one of them at the moment. They’re one of the teams we’re chasing and we’re trying to chase. What they’ve done in the last four years is something that we’re striving towards, and [we want to] go past them. We ended ahead of them last season, they had a large spell of injuries, so now they’re back to their best.”
Jurgen Klopp has been talking this morning about [Mohamed] Salah and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, comparing them, saying that Salah’s got the better left foot and Ronaldo’s got the better right foot but they’re both world class. There’s lot of talk saying Salah is the best player in the world on current form, would you subscribe to that? Or do you feel Ronaldo still has the edge?
“I’ll always back Cristiano in any competition. He’s unique. His goalscoring record is incredible and he just keeps on scoring. That being said, Salah, at the moment, he’s on fire. You see some of the goals he’s scored lately. We know we have to be at our best to defend against him. You know, players like this don’t come around very often and we have to enjoy them from afar, not on Sunday, that’s too close for me. We have to do a good job, not just against him. I’m a big admirer of the front line they’ve had for many, many years now with [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino. Maybe [Diogo] Jota will play, who knows? They are players we have to focus on, we have to be nailed on for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet.”
Putting in the utmost to return from injury as quickly as possible is nothing new for Fred, who was in a similar position last season when he dealt with an issue in the lead up to the Europa League final.
The Brazilian could only make a short cameo during extra-time on that occasion in Gdansk, but Ole told reporters on Friday that the 28-year-old’s attitude towards that situation showed a lot about the kind of person our no.17 is.
“It showed for me when he got injured at the end of last season, and it was supposed to be a six-to-eight-week injury, and he was back the day before the Europa League final, and he was fit.
“He fully joined the training session before, we had to strap him up for the game but if I’d have known [the result] before, maybe I would have played him [from the start].
“But he would have put his hand up and sacrificed himself for the team, that’s for sure.”
Our photographers snapped the players training at Carrington this morning, with last night’s four substitutes Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho and Nemanja Matic all involved.
It was also encouraging to see French forward Anthony Martial take part in the session.
Our no.9 returned from international duty with an injury, meaning he missed the games with Leicester and Atalanta, but he was with the main group two days ago and has once again trained, which is hopefully a good sign ahead of the meeting with the Merseysiders.
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A group of Reds trained outside on Thursday, as preparations for our Premier League blockbuster v Liverpool continue.